It could be argued that this one could actually top the night’s list. Somewhat unexpectedly, these two are part of a three-way race in the ACC Coastal. The winner will emerge as the primary challenger to Duke for the November stretch drive.The Panthers have made huge strides under first-year coach Pat Narduzzi. Outside of the last-second loss to Iowa, They’ve done remarkably well in close contests. All four of their ACC wins were by a touchdown or less, as QB Nate Peterman has kept mistakes to a minimum. The Tar Heels have flown even further under the radar since their week-one loss to South Carolina. QB Marquise Williams threw two critical end-zone interceptions in that setback but has steadied the ship since with the help of TB Elijah Hood. Given Pitt’s propensity for close finishes, make sure you’re around for the end of this one.Oregon at Arizona State10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN | 5dimes line: Arizona State by 2½Since being ranked in the preseason, both these Pac-12 contenders had to adjust their expectations. That’s been a bit harder to swallow for Ducks’ fans, who saw their team play for the national championship less than a year ago. Oregon did prevail in its most recent outing against Washington, but the offense remains a far cry from the high-performance machine piloted by Marcus Mariota. Multi-purpose TB Royce Freeman has emerged as the Ducks’ best vehicle to the end zone.The Sun Devils have been up and down, throttled by Southern California then upending UCLA a week later. They came up short against Utah in their most recent action as QB Mike Bercovici struggled to find his rhythm. A high-scoring affair seems unlikely, but it’s “Pac-12 After Dark,” so anything is possible.Texas State at Georgia Southern7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU | 5dimes line: Georgia Southern by 20½The host Eagles aren’t likely to be in an accommodating mood after losing their head-to-head showdown with Appalachian State for and a share of the Sun Belt lead. But the Bobcats are coming off their first conference win against South Alabama, and they are capable of putting up some points when QB Tyler Jones is on his game.Historically an option team, Georgia Southern has maintained that identity since making the jump to the FBS level. The main mover this season is RB Matt Breida, who has 953 yards and 11 TDs rushing.Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan7:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Net | 5dimes line: Western Michigan by 20The most anticipated weeknight MACtion games won’t happen until the calendar turns to November. This one probably won’t be compelling for long. The Broncos, still unscathed in conference play, must keep pace with Toledo in the MAC West and will want to make short work of this one. The Eagles, already ineligible for the postseason at 1-7, are just trying to find something positive to take into 2016.THIS WEEK’S 10 BEST GAMES The World Series takes a break Thursday night, but never fear. College football has a fairly large slate of televised games to fill the gap.Here’s the lineup, ranked in order with watchability and importance:West Virginia at No. 3 TCU7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1 | 5dimes line: TCU by 14½The undefeated Horned Frogs have made for appointment TV, though TCU coach Gary Patterson would probably prefer less fourth-quarter drama. QB Trevone Boykin is a Heisman Trophy contender who has accounted for 2,979 yards of total offense on his own. WR Josh Doctson is his primary aerial weapon, but he’s hardly the only one. But the Mountaineers are capable of putting up quite a few points as well — 36.3 a game, in fact — and the TCU defense has been anything but airtight.WVU QB Skyler Howard doesn’t match Boykins’ accuracy, but he does have good backfield help from TB Wendell Smallwood. The WVU defense has been hit hard by injuries as well, so they’ll have to make it a track meet to pull off the upset in Fort Worth.North Carolina at No. 23 Pittsburgh7 p.m. ET, ESPN | 5dimes line: North Carolina by 3Follow the road to the 2015 College Football Playoff at The Football Four, our home to rate and debate the nation’s best.